Updated: February 2, 2011, 8:07 PM ET

Bill Belichick wins AP Coach of the Year

ESPNBoston.com


DALLAS -- New England coach Bill Belichick has won The Associated Press 2010 NFL Coach of the Year award, the third time Belichick has earned the honor.

"I accept the award on behalf of the entire organization -- ownership, our assistant coaches and certainly the players -- they're the ones that stepped up and made the plays this year," Belichick said in an NFL Network phone interview. "We had a lot of new people on the team, young players that contributed. It's certainly an honor to receive this award on behalf of our performance in the regular season. Unfortunately, we weren't able to carry that over into the playoffs."

Belichick, who won in 2003 and 2007, now trails only Don Shula, a four-time winner of the award.

For leading the Patriots to a 14-2 record, the best in the league, Belichick received 30 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the NFL. That easily beat Raheem Morris, who led a turnaround in Tampa Bay and got 11 votes.

Belichick has overseen a transition in New England to a younger team, particularly on defense. Of course, he still has Offensive Player of the Year Tom Brady at quarterback.

Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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